Master - Marriage & Family Therapy: Child & Adolescent Family Therapy

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If you're interested in preparing for a career where you provide support and therapy for youth and their families, then may want to consider enrolling in Northcentral University's Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy with a specialization in Child and Adolescent Family Therapy program. Read more about this online graduate program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

As a student in NCU's Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy program, you'll have the opportunity to gain practical knowledge and real-word experience in marriage and family therapy (MFT). The core courses cover the classic and intergenerational models of MFT, treatment planning, legal and ethical issues in MFT, models of couples therapy and sex therapy, case management, and family dynamics. The specialization courses allow students to focus on the diagnosis of and intervention methods for psychological disorders that can appear in childhood and adolescence. You will also focus on contemporary issues in children and adolescents therapy during the research course. All MA-MFT students must complete 500 client contact hours (half of which must be with couples and/or families) at an approved location prior to graduation.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you are considering this program, you should have strong communication and intrapersonal skills as well as patience. You should have a desire to enter a career in marriage and family therapy and will need to submit a statement of intent, a licensure plan, current CV, and list of possible clinical sites. You are required to have a bachelor's degree prior to applying to this program at Northcentral University.

What Are the Course Requirements?

To graduate from this MAMFT program, you will be required to complete 45 credit hours. Of those credit hours, 27 will be from foundational courses, nine will be from specialization courses, and nine will be from clinical experience courses.

Courses for a Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy with a specialization in Child and Adolescent Family Therapy

Course CodeCourse Name
Required Foundational Courses
MFT 5101 Foundations for Graduate Study in MFT
MFT 5102Legal, Ethical, and Professional Development in MFT
MFT 5103Systemic Evaluation and Case Management
MFT 5104Treatment Planning and Traditional Family Therapy
MFT 5105Recovery-Oriented Care and Postmodern Family Therapy
MFT 6101Human Development and Family Dynamics Across the Lifespan
MFT 6103Cultural Diversity, Gender, and Family Development
MFT6105Couple and Sex Therapy
MFT6106Families in Crisis
Specialization Courses
MFT 6550 Child and Adolescent Family Therapy: Historical and Theoretical Foundations
MFT 6551Child and Adolescent Family Therapy: Clinical Applications
MFT 5106Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice
Clinical Experience Courses
MFT 6951 MFT Practicum I
MFT 6952 MFT Practicum II
MFT 6991 MFT Internship I
MFT 6992 MFT Internship II
MFT 6995 MFT Internship and Capstone Presentation

What Could I Do After Graduation?

Career Opportunities

After completing this master's degree program, you might be ready to seek licensure and explore job opportunities in counseling or family services. You could seek positions in private counseling practices, mental health centers, correctional institutions, public service agencies, and other medical settings. Depending on your experience, some of the positions you could pursue may include:

  • School counselor
  • Licensed marriage and family therapist
  • Adolescent counselor
  • Intervention specialist
  • Social service specialist